Horned Frogs Open Conference Slate At San Diego State

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Sept. 30, 2010

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FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU will open conference play this Friday night underneath the lights at San Diego State.

Start time for the match against the Aztecs is set for 6 p.m. CT at the SDSU Sports Deck. Following its Friday night contest, TCU will return home on Sunday to take on Houston Baptist at 1 p.m.

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Scouting San Diego State
San Diego State comes into Friday night's contest with a 2-7-3 mark, but has faced one of the toughest non-conference slates in the country this fall. Overall, the Aztecs have taken on No. 3 North Carolina, No. 6 Florida, No. 13 Santa Clara, No. 25 Central Florida and Oregon State, who is receiving votes in the national polls, this season. SDSU will be looking for its first win since upending San Jose State on Sept. 10.

In matches against ranked opponents this fall, the Aztecs have dropped 1-0 matches to No. 3 North Carolina, No. 6 Florida and No. 13 Santa Clara. On Sept. 19, San Diego State battled then No. 18 Oregon State to a 2-2 double overtime draw.

The Aztecs, who are the defending Mountain West Conference Champions and advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, went 0-2-0 in competition last weekend, falling to Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, and Cal Poly, 1-0, respectively. SDSU is led on offense this fall by returning all-tournament team selection Michaela Dejesus, who has netted three goals, while also dishing out two assists.

Scouting Houston Baptist
Houston Baptist comes into Sunday's game with a 3-7-1 overall record. In their last outing, the Huskies battled Lamar to a 1-1 draw in double overtime on Wednesday. Sophomore Chelsea Thornhill netted HBU's lone goal of the match off an assist from Tori Adame in the 17th minute. For the contest, Lamar outshot Houston Baptist, 36-16, including a 19-5 advantage in the second half. Goalkeeper Shelby Horn posted a career-high 11 saves for the Huskies.

On the year, senior Isla Cameron leads the Huskie attack with five goals, while also dishing out one assist. HBU's three victories have come against Sam Houston State, Grambling State and Texas Southern. Overall, Houston Baptist, who is 0-3-1 on the road this fall, has posted 11 goals on the season. Seven different student-athletes have found the back of the net for HBU this fall.

The Huskies, who are a member of the Great West Conference, are led by Misty Jones. Jones is in her fifth year as head coach and helped HBU reach the 2009 conference tournament finals.

Scouting TCU
TCU, who is 5-5-1 entering Friday's contest at San Diego State, is coming off a 3-0 setback to Texas State last Sunday. The Horned Frogs outshot TXST, 25-10, in front of 2,265 spectators at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

In their other outing last weekend, sophomore Kim Castleberry netted two goals as TCU upended UTSA at the UTSA Recreational Sports Complex, 4-1. Overall, the Horned Frogs outshot the Roadrunners, 13-10, including connecting on eight shots-on-goal. Jordan Calhoun, who now needs only one more goal to become TCU's all-time leading goal scorer in school history, led the TCU attack with one goal, while also assisting on another.

The Purple and White, who are 2-3-1 at home this fall, will close non-conference play on Sunday. The Frogs are led on offense by Calhoun and Castleberry, who have both netted four goals apiece, respectively. Senior Kelsey Walters has played the majority of the minutes between the posts this fall and has recorded 30 saves on the year.

Series Breakdown
When TCU travels to California for its Friday night match against San Diego State it will mark the ninth meeting between the two conference foes. SDSU currently holds a 5-3-0 record in the overall series, but the Horned Frogs won their last meeting at the SDSU Sports Deck, 2-1, in 2008. Overall, TCU, who is 1-1-0 all-time in San Diego, fell to the Aztecs last fall, 4-1.

Sunday's match against Houston Baptist will mark the third time in TCU history that the Huskies and Horned Frogs will face each other on the pitch. TCU, who leads the all-time series 2-0-0, last played Houston Baptist in 2009. The Frogs dominated the Huskies, claiming a 3-1 victory at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Overall, TCU has combined to outscore HBU in its previous two meetings, 8-1.

Conference Openers Under Abdalla
Under head coach Dan Abdalla, TCU is 2-3-0 in conference openers, but has been victorious two out of the last three seasons. The Frogs downed Air Force to open conference play in 2007 before upending New Mexico in 2008, 3-1, at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium. Last fall, the Horned Frogs dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Lobos in Albuquerque, N.M. In its previous five conference openers under Abdalla, TCU has netted a total of six goals.

Family Affair Ready For Round Two
When the Horned Frogs and Aztecs face each other on Friday night, two familiar faces will grace the starting lineups for both schools. Junior Kristen Halverson will take on her younger sister Sarah Halverson, who has netted two goals this fall for the Aztecs. In what will be the second meeting between the two family members, the older Halverson will look to help TCU avenge a 4-1 setback in 2009. Overall, Halverson has started five games this season for the Purple and White, scoring one goal, while also dishing out one assist.

California Connection Kind For Frogs
Under head coach Dan Abdalla, TCU has had several California residents grace the Horned Frogs' roster, including the program's all-time leading goal scorer Lizzy Karoly. This fall, TCU has a total of seven student-athletes from California, including senior Nikki Wilbur and junior's Kristen Halverson, Katie Taylor and Chelsey Wilgenburg.

In its last three outings against SDSU, TCU has combined to score five goals against the Aztecs. During those three contests, two goals and two assists have been recorded by California natives. In a 2-1 victory over San Diego State in 2008, the Horned Frogs had both goals and an assist tallied by California natives.

Horned Frogs In NCAA Statistics
11 games into the 2010 season, TCU has fared well amongst the national leaders. As a team, TCU currently ranks No. 23 overall in scoring offense, while senior Chelsea Cody sits just inside the top 80 in assists-per-game, ranking No. 76 in the nation.

Mountain West Statistics Update
Heading into Friday's contest, TCU currently ranks No. 1 in the conference in shots (226), points (70), goals (26) and goals-per-game (2.36). The Frogs sit No. 3 in the MWC in assists (18) and assists-per-game (1.64).

Individually, junior Jordan Calhoun currently sits No. 2 in shots for the season with 47 and shots-per-game (4.27). Senior Chelsea Cody is also among the MWC leaders, ranking third in assists (4), while also sitting No. 2 in assists-per-game (0.44).

Up Next
TCU will resume conference action on Friday, Oct. 8 against UNLV. Start time is set for 7 p.m. at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium.

 

 


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